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It may be a while before you're in a position to check this out, but I thought I'd share a beautifully executed fanvid for "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, set to footage from Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride fro a Danny Elfman trifecta; this is one that I like to cite as a demonstration of how timing and the precise marriage of lyrics to imagery can make a video.

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...for that peerless purveyor of pop-cultural potpourri, [livejournal.com profile] dochermes!

One commenter's mention of the Reverend Horton Heat in a recent post of yours wound up leading me to this medley of one of the all-time great cartoon theme songs with..a rather sillier one that the Reverend's psychobilly hoedown treatment manages to turn oddly cool.

As long as I'm on the subject of Saturday morning cartoons, I may as well toss in the infamous Alpha Team remix of the Speed Racer theme song.

Here's an excerpt from the pioneering silent animated film Prince Ahmed by Lotte Reiniger; I caught this on my local cable network's Classic Arts Showcase feed.

The Southern White-Faced Owl demonstrates the peculiar abilities that have earned it the nickname "Transformer Owl."

This gem from Set Phasers To LOL brought a number of people immediately to mind; you're one of them.

Japanese comedian/pro wrestler Korikki is the guest for Rasmussen Family Karaoke Night.
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JAM Project is a Japanese supergroup teaming the likes of Kageyama Hironobu, Endoh Masaaki, and Okui Masami--think of it as J-Rock's equivalent of the Avengers: an elite task force of the poets laureate of HOT-BLOODED ANIME HEROISM!!!

YouTuber PuppetChaos puts the proposition that JAM Project can make anything awesome to the test: here's the 1976 educational short, "Congruent Triangles" by Bruce Cornwell, set to "The Guardian" (the second Shin Mazinger opening theme):


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...to [livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter!

(I'll add a link to my virtual birthday gift once you let me know whether my choice is appropriate.)

ETA: Presenting: "Batman: Death Wish" by Matthew Hiscox and Jennifer Zhang--I thought of you the instant I saw it.
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A motley grab bag of Metal and/or Rabbit-themed Netgleanings for [livejournal.com profile] kosaginolegion:

"Goggles", by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing (who presumably were completely innocent of The Midnight Bombing Wot 'Appened At Midnight.)

Sundry Metal Rabbits--as well as a Roomba Rider.

A Wallace and Gromit AMV, to the one Oingo Boingo song that gets reliable airplay on 80's Rock stations.

The True Story Behind The Fez (TM) can be shoehorned into qualifying; after all, Bunny Ears Lawyerhood has been a constant throughout the Doctor's incarnations.

Happy fondueing--if that's what they call it!--to you and the Long Suffering Hubby.
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Dear Ellis Coleman:

Didn't anyone ever tell you that those flashy showboating moves you see in martial arts movies and Big Time Wrestling aren't supposed to work in real life?
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Courtesy of Matthew Gray Gubler by way of [livejournal.com profile] kosaginolegion: Ping-Pong...Bruce Lee style.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] peur_evol  has pointed out evidence that this clip is in fact a mockup.  It's still cool, though--and ostensing it in flesh-and-blood-space could be a Crowning Moment of Awesome for some martial hotshot.
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...to [livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter !


(Cut me and I bleed trivia: you share your birthday with, among others:

Maria Von Trapp [1905]
Ellen DeGeneres [1958]
Bessie Coleman [1892], the first African-American woman to pilot an airplane.
Morita Akio, [1921] co-founder of Sony.
Gene Siskel [1946]
Philip Jose Farmer [1928], SF legend and creator of the Wold Newton Mythos.
Jules Feiffer [1929]
The Octo-Kids [2009] .)
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YouTube is a merry media mosh pit for the worst and the best (and the most mediocre) of what happens when human imagination is presented with audiovisual technology, an arena, and no editor.  Unsurprisingly, it's a showcase for Sturgeon's Law, but also for bits of retrieved memory and works of brilliance that make sifting through the dorky karaoke and home movies more than worth the annoyance.

This animated AMV for Vaughn Monroe's rendition of "Ghost Riders in the Sky", the work of one Pukipu, is one that I've come to regard as the definitive video for the song in question; the stiff, minimal, and primitive flavor of the animation somehow seems perfectly of a piece with the period setting, and its repetitiveness serves the incantatory nature of the song. More than that, it struck me somehow as having an unassailable rightness; the imagery was somehow hauntingly reminiscent of a memory I was at a loss to place.


A discussion of favorite childhood TV commercials over on [livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter 's blog helped supply the missing piece of the puzzle; this haunting PSA from the late 60's (the narrative Voice of Impending Doom is variously suspected of being either James Earl Jones or Thurl "Tony the Tiger" Ravenscroft) was the stuff of nightmares to a lot of people in the late Baby Boom/early Gen-X age bracket :


Pukipu (if their userinfo is accurate) is Brazilian, and too young to remember the ad, making it an unlikely influence; nonetheless, I find the resemblance striking.

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...Which means that two cultures are celebrating what I hope will be the first of many happy birthdays to Henry Ian Nevins. (Not coincidentally,  today marks the conclusion to what I suspect has been the longest year in

[profile] ratmmjess 's life.)


I can't claim to possess a parent's (much less a baby's) eye, but here are some possible video pacifiers:

Hamtaro AMV to the Hamsterdance (warning for graphic kawaii content): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwSBwOmOkso

Algorithm March, solo and with ninja: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84wDrNg7foQ

The Nairobi Trio (graphic gorilla and weirditude content): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoLTFQsFswM

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In keeping with her fundamentalist Christian beliefs, GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has received a blessing against witchcraft from the Kenyan minister Thomas Muthee (the specific reference occurs at about 1:45):


A possibility that neither Governor Palin nor the Reverend Muthee seems to have anticipated: would this spiritual protection also nullify supportive witchcraft by Palin sympathizers?  (See "The Pagan Temple"'s comment in the thread below.)


(My long-held suspicion is that the "Go figure" demographic, whether it be on the Red, Blue, Green, or Tie-Dye sides of the Force, is persistently underestimated.)
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This 2008 Beijing Olympic promo )  premiered about a month ago on BBC television.

(And I can't be the only one to have thought of this character when Li Ning flew up to run a lap around the IMAX against the stylized cloud backdrop.)


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